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SILVERSTONE JCW RACE 2 REPORT

SILVERSTONE JCW RACE 2 REPORT Max Bladon secured his second victory of the season in a truncated second race at Silverstone. Much of which took place under the safety car. Bladon started second on the grid, behind Henry Neal, but made a strong start to pile the...

SILVERSTONE JCW RACE 1 REPORT

SILVERSTONE JCW RACE 1 REPORT Brett Smith extended his points lead in the MINI CHALLENGE JCW Championship in an emotionally charged first race at Silverstone, winning the day after his father Jeff was hospitalised after a serious accident in the British Touring Car...

SILVERSTONE QUALIFYING REPORT

SILVERSTONE JCW QUALIFYING REPORT Brett Smith continued his current hot streak by claiming pole for the first race at Silverstone after a nip and tuck battle with his namesake Rob Smith. The two Smiths were the class of the field and between them secured an all-Smith...

SILVERSTONE JCW PREVIEW

Rob Smith is hoping that consistency and a change in fortune can help him return to the top step of the MINI CHALLENGE podium at Silverstone this weekend, the site of his first CHALLENGE victory back in 2014. Smith looked odds-on to record his first race win for two...

SILVERSTONE COOPER REPORT

Qualifying:       Weather: Bright/Dry       Duration: 15 minutes The Silverstone National Circuit, the one the BTCC use, suits the MINIs well. 3 blasts and a technical bit around Brooklands and Luffield. With 15 minutes,  19 cars and a potential 12 laps, it was all...

SILVERSTONE OPEN CLASS REPORT

Qualifying:       Weather: Bright/Dry       Duration: 15 minutes The R53 and R56, 10 cars in all, to race around the National Circuit. A few cars were missing due to Exams and other commitments.  A great shame as this is a very competitive class. Andrew Tsang was...

SNETTERTON RACE 3 REPORT

Brett Smith became the first double winner of the MINI CHALLENGE season by taking a dominant victory in the third outing at Snetterton, as yet more of his championship rivals suffered setbacks in Norfolk. Brett completed his double to assume the championship lead...

SNETTERTON RACE 2 REPORT

Brett Smith kept the unprecedented run of different race winners going by becoming the sixth different driver to top the podium in the opening six races this year – and his chances of landing this year’s title received a boost as leader Reece Barr suffered heartbreak...

SNETTERTON RACE 1 REPORT

Jeff Smith secured his first MINI CHALLENGE victory of the season to make it five different winners from the first five races after a thrilling first outing at Snetterton. The British Touring Car Championship regular soaked up intense pressure from championship leader...

JCW QUALIFYING SNETTERTON

Rob Smith snatched his first pole position of the season in a bizarre qualifying session at Snetterton, after which two of the championship challengers will start on the back row. While the cars headed to the collecting area in bright sunshine, rain was on the...

SNETTERTON JCW PREVIEW

Brett Smith is hopeful that his impressive race pace so far this season can begin to manifest itself as on-track results at Snetterton this weekend. Eurotech Racing driver Smith has been one of the stars of the campaign so far, regularly showing front-running pace...

MINI CHALLENGE FEATURES IN MODERN MINI

MINI CHALLENGE features in the latest issue of Modern MINI. This issue covers all of the classes in the championships and looks at how some of the drivers got into the...

SNETTERTON OPEN REPORT

Qualifying: Weather: Changeable Duration: 15 minutes This class is a bit special, it allows all comers, R53s, R56s. Be they an ex-MINI CHALLENGE car, a track day car, or a Cooper S JCW of 2005 vintage. 180bhp per tonne is the rule. Yes, power output was checked and...

SNETTERTON COOPER AM/PRO REPORT

Qualifying:       Weather: Bright/Dry       Duration: 15 minutes Jessica Hawkins showed 17 others that she was the one to beat.  A blistering performance, improving each time she went past the pits. There were a lot of new names and new cars all out for the opening...

SNETTERTON PREVIEW

The long awaited opening rounds of the MINI CHALLENGE Open class and Cooper classes is being held this weekend as part of the MINI Festival at Snetterton. New for this year is the split of the former Cooper Class cars into 2 classes. The Cooper Pro Class running a 135...

CAR MAGAZINE REVIEWS MINI CHALLENGE

CAR Magazine reviews MINI CHALLENGE   CAR Magazine’s James Taylor joined us for the first round at Oulton Park this April to try out racing in our guest JCW with the MINI UK JCW Team. Read James’ review here as he guides you through his race weekend....

ROCKINGHAM RACE 2 REPORT

Round: 4         Laps: 14           Weather: Cloudy, dry Reece Barr made it four different winners from as many races this year after scoring an emphatic maiden JCW victory in race two at Rockingham. Barr, a former double Irish karting champion, showed maturity and...

ROCKINGHAM RACE 1 REPORT

 Round: 3         Laps: 6             Weather: Sunny, dry Max Bladon learned from his starting errors at Oulton Park to take his maiden JCW victory in a fragmented first race at Rockingham. Bladon didn’t just have to get off the line once to notch his first win in the...

ROCKINGHAM QUALIFYING REPORT

Reece Barr set the pace in the second qualifying session of the season, setting the fastest time on Saturday to sit on provisional pole in what was only his third ever qualifying session in a car, having joined the MINI CHALLENGE from karting. Barr knew a good lap was...

CBH HEADS TO ROCKINGHAM WITH 3 POINT LEAD

Former MINI CHALLENGE champion Charlie Butler-Henderson believes circuit unfamiliarity can mix up the pecking order at Rockingham this weekend. The premier JCW category heads to the Corby speedbowl for the second round of the season this weekend, with Butler-Henderson...

OULTON PARK RACE 2 REPORT

MINI CHALLENGE, Oulton Park Rounds 1-2 RACE REPORT Round: Two    Laps: 8      Weather: Cloudy Charlie Butler-Henderson scored victory in race two of the MINI CHALLENGE JCW opening weekend of the season at Oulton Park to once again stake his claim for a championship...

OULTON PARK RACE 1 REPORT

MINI CHALLENGE, Oulton Park Rounds 1-2 RACE REPORT Round: One     Laps: 7      Weather: Cloudy Mark Wakefield secured his first victory in the MINI CHALLENGE’S JCW class with an assured drive in a shortened opening race of the season at Oulton Park. Wakefield, on...

OULTON PARK QUALIFYING REPORT

Max Bladon took no time in shaking off the winter cobwebs to continue his fine run of form to take pole position for the MINI CHALLENGE – JCW opening race of the season at Oulton Park. Last season’s Cooper Class champion was fresh from racing an Aston Martin Vantage...

JEFF TO QUALIFY TWO CHAMPIONSHIPS ON ONE DAY

Jeff Smith will pull double duty this weekend, by competing in both the British Touring Car Championship and MINI CHALLENGE at two different circuits on the same day. Smith plans to take part in both the second BTCC round at Donington Park and the CHALLENGE JCW opener...

DOUBLE UK LEGENDS CHAMPION DEAN BRACE JOINS JCW

Double UK Legends champion Dean Brace will join the MINI CHALLENGE JCW Championship this season with Lawrence Davey Racing. Brace has a hugely successful background in Legends racing, having won the overall titles in both 2013 and 2014 – his 2014 achievement also...

FULL GRID AT OULTON PARK THIS EASTER

This year’s MINI CHALLENGE JCW Championship will roar into life with a capacity grid for its first races this Easter Bank Holiday at Oulton Park on April 17. With just over a week to go until the lights go out on another season, the CHALLENGE’s premier JCW category...

JACKSON JOINS JCW FOR FULL SEASON

Rebecca Jackson will return to the MINI CHALLENGE JCW Championship this season. TV presenter and journalist Jackson contested select events in the MINI UK-backed guest car last season, and will now take the plunge into a full season of competition. Jackson has a...

FORMULA FORD STAR GOUGH JOINS JCW

Formula Ford 1600 star Stuart Gough will join this year’s JCW Championship, and be reunited with his old single-seater rivals David Grady and Rob Smith. Gough, 36 from Milton Keynes, will contest his first-ever season of front-wheel-drive racing this year aboard the...

COOPER CUP CHAMPION JOINS JCW

Reigning Scottish MINI Cooper Cup champion Paul Bell will graduate into the MINI CHALLENGE JCW Championship this year with the Aaron Reeve Motorsport team. Bell, 42, conquered the Knockhill-based Scottish championship in his second full season of MINI racing last...

JCW RACES GAINS LIVE TV COVERAGE

MINI UK’s Nicolas Griebner says the manufacturer’s part in gaining live TV coverage this season will give the MINI CHALLENGE “the complete package.” The CHALLENGE’s flagship JCW Championship will benefit from live and free-to-air TV coverage this year after a new deal...

SMITH RETURNS IN 2017 AS MINI UK VIP

Multiple MINI CHALLENGE race winner Rob Smith returns to Excler8 Motorsport and the MINI UK VIP team for another season in the Evergreen Tyres backed #37 JCW. Having taken to the podium in his first MINI CHALLENGE event in 2013 and followed this up with a win at...

MINI CHALLENGE TO BE BROADCAST LIVE

Front Runner to broadcast live and free-to-air MINI CHALLENGE UK races from all 6 of the UK British GT rounds British GT Championship & MINI Challenge fans will be able to watch this season’s, as well as those of its MINI CHALLENGE support category, live, for free...

WAKEFIELD JOINS TEAM EXCELR8 FOR 2017

Mark Wakefield has targeted a significant jump up the grid this season after joining Excelr8 Motorsport for his second season in the JCW Championship. The 19-year-old from Cheshire will be entering his fourth season in the MINI CHALLENGE, but his first with a...

BLADON GRADUATES TO JCW CLASS

Cooper Class dominator and Sunoco Challenge winner Max Bladon will graduate to the MINI CHALLENGE’s JCW Championship this season. Bladon has agreed to race a Bizkarts-backed JCW with the Excelr8 Motorsport team for what will be his third campaign in car racing. The...

REECE BARR JOINS 2017 JCW CLASS

Double Irish karting champion Reece Barr will tackle the full MINI CHALLENGE JCW Championship this year with Excelr8 Motorsport. Barr, 16, marked himself out as a rising star in domestic karting, racking up back-to-back titles in the All-Ireland MiniMax championship...

MCUK FEATURED IN MOTORWERKS

MINICHALLENGE features in MotorWorks Magazine, including details on Reece Barr, Paul Bell, and Charlie Butler-Henderson. A MEGA BMW issue with coverage from 2016 and BMW’s 100th Anniversary. It is truly International with coverage from New Zealand, Australia,...

JEFFS GRADUATES TO JCW CLASS

Reigning MINI CHALLENGE Cooper S Class champion Scott Jeffs will graduate into the top-flight JCW category this year. The 19-year-old from Stratford upon Avon will run one of the new Gen 3 F56 machines as a privateer entry, following his title success last season in...

MINI CHALLENGE LAUNCHES IN JAPAN

MINI CHALLENGE Japan showed off a MINI CHALLENGE UK JCW race car at the Auto Saloon Show in Tokyo on the 13th January 2017 to help launch a new race series in Japan. For more information on MINI CHALLENGE Japan, go to...

GRADY WINS BEST OF BRITISH

Reigning MINI CHALLENGE champion David Grady will return to defend his title this year after landing a budget boost courtesy of being named the winner of this year’s Best of British Award. Grady will benefit from a £14,000 prize, consisting of a package of entry fees,...

BLADON MAKES ENDURANCE DEBUT AT DAYTONA

MINI CHALLENGE Cooper champion Max Bladon is preparing to make his endurance racing debut at Daytona International Speedway next weekend (January 28-29), having won the Sunoco Challenge contest. Bladon beat off competition from 166 drivers competing across 11 other UK...

CHARLIE SIGNS UP WITH ELMS

Charlie signs up with ELMS MINI CHALLENGE star Charlie Butler-Henderson has teamed up with Elms MINI Cambridge for the 2017 season. Former CHALLENGE champion Butler-Henderson, who is also a Brand Ambassador for MINI UK, will feature Elms Cambridge logos on his car and...

CHAMPION TESTS TOURING CAR

Newly crowned MINI CHALLENGE champion David Grady had his maiden test in a British Touring Car recently, as part of his prize for lifting this year’s JCW title. Grady was rewarded with a fully funded test in a Motorbase Performance Ford Focus at Snetterton, courtesy...

JCW SNETTERTON REPORT

MINI CHALLENGE, JCW, Snetterton Rounds: 17-19 Round: 17    Laps: 10    Weather: Cloudy, dry David Grady stole the momentum in the chase for this year’s MINI CHALLENGE Championship with race one victory at Snetterton, but his rivals are still right on his tail. After...

COOPER, S, OPEN SNETTERTON REPORT

MINI CHALLENGE Cooper S and Cooper, Snetterton, Rounds 16-18 Round: 16    Laps: 9    Weather: Cloudy, dry Scott Jeffs took a step closer to this year’s Cooper S Class title with victory in the opening race of the Snetterton finale, having recovered from a grid...

SNETTERTON PREVIEW

The four main contenders for the MINI CHALLENGE title are predicting a tense showdown at Snetterton this weekend, with each knowing a single mistake could end their charge. While six drivers from the premier JCW Class go into Norfolk with a shot at the championship...

2017 JCW CALENDAR

JCW 2017 CALENDAR Following our announcement that the MINI CHALLENGE will join the British GT package from 2017 we are now delighted to announce the provisional JCW Class...

CADWELL COOPER S/OPEN REPORT

MINI CHALLENGE Cooper S/Open Cadwell Park Rounds 14-15 Round: 14                   Laps: 9            Weather: Raining, wet Both Neil Newstead and Carlito Miracco had similar days at Cadwell Park, they had a win each but after Miracco was black-flagged in race one for...

CADWELL COOPER REPORT

MINI CHALLENGE Cooper Cadwell Park Rounds 14-15 Round 14 Laps 10 Weather, raining – wet Max Bladon returned to winning ways at Cadwell Park, but had to work for it, after qualifying fourth in a twice red flagged qualifying session. But it was enough to crown him the...

CADWELL PREVIEW

Cooper Class dominator Max Bladon has pledged not to back off at Cadwell Park this weekend, despite being on the verge of landing the title. Bladon carries a whopping 225-point lead into the standalone Cadwell Park double-header. With just five races remaining, a top...

MINI CHALLENGE JOINS BRITISH GT

MINI CHALLENGE joins British GT Championship for 2017 • Top-level JCW Championship moves to British GT race package • Major championship expansion across all classes • MINI UK to increase support from 2017 Next season the MINI CHALLENGE will join the British GT...

OULTON PARK JCW REPORT

MINI CHALLENGE Oulton Park, rounds 15-16 Round: 15    Laps: 4    Weather: Intermittent rain, cloudy Jeff Smith may have broken his MINI CHALLENGE duck with the first win in a turbulent Oulton Park double-header, but much of the focus centred on a frightening accident...

OULTON PARK COOPER REPORT

MINI CHALLENGE Cooper/S/Open Oulton Park Rounds 12-13 Round: 12 Laps: 11 Weather: Cloudy, damp-drying The second attempt at a first race at Oulton Park was ironically a race of firsts – with Carlito Miracco taking his maiden MINI CHALLENGE victory in the Cooper S...

JCW OULTON PARK PREVIEW

Rob Smith says he’s going “all guns blazing” for victory on home turf this weekend as the MINI Challenge JCW title fight rolls into Oulton Park. Smith was a major player in the title battle last season and was the first man to win a race in the new generation F56 JCW...

COOPER, S OULTON PARK PREVIEW

Cooper Class frontrunner Josh Gollin believes that car tweaks can be the key to him ending Max Bladon’s domination of the class at Oulton Park. Bladon has very much had the Cooper Class laurels to himself this season, and has so far gone all 11 races this season...

BRANDS HATCH JCW REPORT

MINI CHALLENGE JCW Brands Hatch Indy, Rounds: 12-14 Round: 12 Laps: 21 Weather: Sunny, warm Having taken his maiden pole position last time out at Rockingham, Brett Smith carried newfound confidence and momentum into Brands Hatch, and made good use of it to convert a...

BRANDS HATCH COOPER, S REPORT

MINI CHALLENGE Cooper S, Open, Cooper Brands Hatch Indy, Rounds: 10-12 Round: 10 Laps: 22 Weather: Sunny, warm Max Bladon came closer than ever to losing his unbeaten streak this season when he dropped as low as fifth on the first lap of the Brands Hatch MINI Festival...

BRANDS HATCH COOPER PREVIEW

Racing rookie Michael Bamber is hoping to continue his charge towards the top three in the Cooper Class with a strong showing at Brands Hatch this weekend. Bamber, 27, is currently fifth in the Cooper Class points ahead of his first experience of the MINI Festival at...

BRANDS HATCH JCW PREVIEW

MINI CHALLENGE veteran Chris Smith isn’t feeling the pressure of chasing a breakthrough race victory this season, and would be content with a strong haul of points at Brands Hatch this weekend. Smith heads into the triple-header around the Kent venue’s Indy Circuit in...

ROCKINGHAM JCW REPORT

MINI CHALLENGE, JCW, Rockingham, Rounds: 6-8  Round: 6       Laps: 14        Weather: Cloudy, dry Nathan Harrison claimed the MINI CHALLENGE championship lead, and then lost it after being stripped of the first victory of the weekend. Harrison crossed the line first,...

ROCKINGHAM COOPER, S REPORT

MINI CHALLENGE, Cooper & S, Rockingham, Rounds: 7-9 Round: 7 Laps: 13 Weather: Cloudy, dry We’ve seen some periods of dominance within the Cooper Class order throughout the years, and Max Bladon continued his unbeaten streak to make it seven in a row at...

ROCKINGHAM COOPER PREVIEW

Car racing rookie Sam Weller is aiming for his breakthrough victory at Rockingham this weekend, after sampling the champagne in the Cooper Class for the first time. Weller was one of the stars of the three races at Silverstone, claiming two second place finishes in...

ROCKINGHAM JCW PREVIEW

Silverstone double-winner David Grady is confident of continuing his climb up the points table as the MINI Challenge season his the halfway stage at Rockingham this weekend. Grady grabbed his first pole position last time out in Northamptonshire and converted that...

ROCKINGHAM JCW REPORT

Round: 6       Laps: 19        Weather: Sunny, warm David Grady celebrated his maiden MINI CHALLENGE pole position, and duly turned it in to his first victory of the season in what could work out to be one of the finest races of the year. Grady held off a charging...

COOPER S, OPEN & COOPER REPORT

Round: 4 Laps: 18 Weather: Sunny, warm The old expression says that you only need two cars for a race. The R56 JCW Class may be down on numbers for this year, but they produced a stunning four-way fight for victory in race one at Silverstone. The entry may have been...